Athenian Tragedy In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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When confronted with the truth, most people decide to overlook it and neglect it, which leads to them to a worse predicament. Oedipus the King is a play written by Sophocles, it was first performed around 492 BC. This Athenian tragedy is about a king named Oedipus and his story of how he killed his father, the previous king Laius and lead to marrying his own mother, Jocasta. Minority Report is a science fiction movie that debuted in 2002, written by Frank and Cohen. This movie is about a man named John Anderton who works in a pre-crime unit which helps stop murders before they happen, Anderton is predicted of convicting a murder so he goes on the run from his own organization. While it may seem that Oedipus the king and Minority Report are …show more content…
Oedipus has a very confident and ignorant personality so he believes that he can never do wrong. Tiresias warns Oedipus, “You and your loved ones live together in infamy, you cannot see how far you’ve gone in guilt” (Sophocles). Oedipus is warned early in the play about the truth, but he refuses to believe the possibility and he rejects Tiresias help, which ends up causing him more trouble in the future. Henry ford once said, “if you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” This quote contradicts Oedipus’s actions since he believes that he is right but in reality he is actually wrong. Anderton also has his own set of fatal flaws. Anderton discovers about his upcoming crime and doesn’t try to help himself but instead runs away and denies help. He is in the room when he gets the prediction of him murdering Leo Crow, Burgess calls Anderton to tell him that he will help him and that nothing will happen to him, but Anderton refuses his help and runs away. When cornered Fletcher who used to work under Anderton in the pre-crime unit tells Anderton to not run and that it will be easier, but Anderton still refuses all the help and runs away (Frank & Cohen). Anderton could’ve fixed all the problems by just staying with Burgess and proving his innocence but he worsens the situation by running away. He refuses to believe that he will kill someone so he runs away hoping that he is right …show more content…
Oedipus goes through his scene of suffering when he finds out the truth about Jocasta, who is his mother. “He digs them down the sockets of his eyes, crying, ‘You , you’ll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain i caused!” (Sophocles). Oedipus is warned earlier about the truth but he refuses to accept it so now he has to see the truth in a harder way, causing him more pain. Just like Oedipus, Anderton also goes through a scene of suffering. After all the running Anderton is finally caught out in a dead end where he goes through his scene of suffering. When the pre-crime unit finally catches Anderton, they halo him causing him a great deal of pain (Frank & Cohen). Anderton is baited by his wife but this could have been avoided had he accepted the truth from the start, but now he has to go through the pain and face the truth. Anderton and Oedipus both go through their phases but in the end they face the truth one way or the other. In their cases they chose the hard way so they had to go through the scene of suffering

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